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White Balance [Kindle Edition]

Ainslie Paton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He saw the world in grey. She gave him back his colour.

In one stolen moment, a man bared his soul. She only saw him through her camera lens but she's overwhelmed by the desire to comfort him.

When Bailey meets scarily attractive Aiden, she's struck by the oddest feeling he's in pain. He soon proves how bogus first impressions can be. He's not in pain. He causes pain, belittling with his intelligence and humiliating with his wit.

Aiden's life is wildly out of balance. But no-one needs to know that, least of all the sparkling Bailey, even if it means ruining a perfectly good professional relationship with the only woman who ever made him forget Shannon.

Then together they save a man's life, Aiden's two realities collide and Bailey discovers she's stolen his soul.

Editorial Reviews


This is a romance but it's more and not just because of the density of the storytelling. I also appreciated how deeply into the psyche of the characters I was drawn.  I'll remember Aiden and Bailey for a while which is more than I can say for other books I've read of late.
Jane Litte, Dear Author
Dear Author's number 4 Best Books for 2013

From the Inside Flap

He couldn't remember the last time he'd felt so anxious in a pitch meeting. Blake was winding his portion of the presentation up, getting ready to hand over to Bailey. She was sitting between them, a watchful expression on her face, a smile but a guarded one. She was reading the room too.
This was the first time he'd seen her dressed in a suit. Heed was a casual workplace and she dressed simply in jeans and ts, but today was a dress up day. She wore a dark grey tailored suit, a dress with a jacket and sky high heels that'd changed the height ratio between them when she did her glitter inspection in the car park before they came in. She'd stood so close and looked carefully over every millimetre of his face. It was like a reverse strip tease, the deliberateness of it, more of a heart starter than he needed, and a good thing it happened while Blake was busy taking a call from the office.
She smelled divine, not floral, something sharp and sassy. She had a hunk of twisted silver around her neck and a silver clip in her hair that had the effect of making her look more like rebellion than stuffed corporate shirt.  The dress showed off her legs in a way jeans didn't have the guts to. He remembered her legs from that night at her house, but in those heels, sensational. She knew what she was doing, this was a seduction, and he was so hooked it was almost painful. He hadn't wanted to ask how she felt about him. He didn't need to. It was there when she looked at him. Not pity any more, but flirting at the edge of a stronger, deeper connection.
He was sorry he had asked, because now there was no pretending she was simply indulging him and being friendly. And pretending was one of his key capabilities. Pretending got him up in the mornings and sanely into bed at night. Bailey had stripped him of make-believe. She was all too present; all too real.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2326 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091V1M74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I noticed one reader's review being criticial of Ainslie's grammer and spelling. Perhaps she is confusing US and English spelling. From an English spelling point of view, which is what we use in Australia, the book is grammatically correct. So we say colour not color, centre not center, neighbour not neighbor etc. I think Anslie uses the spelling of stupid as "stoopid" because that's the way the character is pronouncing it - it's meant to be humorous.

I love reading Ainslie books, they are a "can't put down book" that have me laughing as well as taking me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The characters in this book are so real life, from their torments and fears to their hopes and dreams. For the Hero in this book, I would not wish the anguish he goes through on anyone but the process from anguish, anger, fear, guilt to love (being the light at the end of his tunnel) is very insightful and realistic. Our Heroine is also someone that has to battle with parents who do not have any faith in her abilities and are always critical. Her perseverance against the battle of insecurity, realising her self worth and that she is deserving of love (being the light at the end of her tunnel) is very true to life. Really worth reading.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat-A True Romance July 22, 2013
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I admire an author that can sustain a story line without constantly having people fall into bed complete with 5 page description. The characters had depth, even the secondary ones. You feel like these could be real people. No evil meanie stereotypes or billionaire playboys here. If you are looking for a fresh, well written, well edited book, this is it. Loved how the friends dealt with each other flaws and all. Loved that a 10 year marriage was portrayed as a good thing. Loved that Aiden tried so hard to do the right thing for himself and others. You could feel the heart ache of each character as they disappointed each other and ultimately forgave each other. And of course there was the happily ever after. Only downside for me was the liberal use of profanity. A few less F- words would have been nice. Otherwise, a rare treat as a free kindle book. I would definitely read this book again as well as other works by this author. (As a rule, I don't restate the plot, other reviewers, as well as the synopsis do it better.)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate package September 21, 2012
By So-fo
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished reading this beautiful story and am suffering a book hangover. The story once again stars strong characters which is set in the best City in the world, Sydeny. I felt the sea spray on my face and the semll of the salty air from the descrption of several scenes at the beach. I loved the story-line and there was once again so many laugh out loud times from the author's witty ways. This story also had such passion and love that most people only ever dream of. This author is such a great story teller, well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ugh, and wow! July 30, 2013
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So this read is great. However the romance is way tortured! You can totally feel for the characters but if you are looking for your typical romance this isn't for you. It will definitely remind you that life can suck but love really is worth it all
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read! July 9, 2013
By Belinda
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters in White Balance are so like people you know it's as though they're having a cup of tea with you. The realistic portrayal of a man coming to terms with loss and a woman defining her independence is revealed with a slow unwrapping that drops puzzle pieces in place just when you need them, but also when you weren't expecting them. A lovely, engaging read with good humourWhite Balance
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't judge a book by the synopsis July 26, 2013
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I resisted reading this when I read the synopsis. It sounded ...melancholy. But it was also so much more heartfelt and realistic compared to books of this genre. I cried buckets, but laughed and felt for the characters. So do read it and do not think it's just another romance novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed! November 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This latest title from Ainslie Paton doesn't disappoint. She is even getting better with each new title. I have read all of her titles and always find them entertaining with their witty dialogues.

This is the story of a very depressed hero who thinks life isn't really worth living and an heroine who has parents who thinks she can't fend for herself and keeps putting her down though she is trying very hard to make a go with her own business. When one of her project turns sour she has to accept an administrative job with an old friend. Our hero is also recruited by the same guy and they meet. There are a lot of tension and sparks between the two. The story takes you on a nice ride with lots of interesting twists.

A wonderful read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another big story July 22, 2013
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This is another great big story from Ainslie Paton, where you don't just get a few characters, you get a world. Set mostly in a workplace it's a great world with complex relationships.
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3.0 out of 5 stars predictable
Typical love story with very likable characters. The children were a bonus. My biggest complaint was the constant "f" word along with lots of other cursing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mfa
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time
White Balance by Ainslie Paton is a story about a big doofus, a warrior princess, a reformed narrator and a cute fairy who worms her way into the story and tends to go off script. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn @theBookDate
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Wow. that was an amazing story. Absolutely loved it. I am going to remember this book for years to come. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Coughey
3.0 out of 5 stars Proofread for more Stars
I would happily give this book atleast 4 Stars, after a good round of editing. There's far too many grammatical and spelling errors to earn over 3 stars currently. Read more
Published 7 months ago by KayleeAnn
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read
It took me a while to read this one after I bought it but - What a brilliant read. I've read some of the comments from other reviewers and just didn't get what they had against the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SMP
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written overall yet needs an editor for clarity; still worth the...
White Balance is a humerous, touching story of love, loss, and love again. In. White Balance, Bailey Wyatt is a professional photographer and author of the White... Read more
Published 8 months ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a wonderful book about people who have emotional problems and...
This was a wonderful book about people who have emotional problems and yet must all work together. Really an amazing story of how they all come together build a great business and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by sophiesmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book. Lovely story about new beginnings.
Published 8 months ago by Eroromfan71
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You can never go wrong with an Ainslie Paton book, and this one was proof of that.
Published 9 months ago by Nicole Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
This was a really good book. It was in depth with the characters. You could see how they all fit together. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J.R,
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More About the Author

Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She's written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers.

She writes cracking, hyper-real contemporary romances.

As AA Paton she writes slightly more out there romances with twisty plots and wild settings. There's more about AA at

She lives in Sydney, Australia, not far from the beach and blogs at:

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